Minnesota School of Business-Rochester continued the annual tradition of celebrating National Night Out with our neighbors. For the second year in a row, the campus was honored to receive an award for the celebration of community. In 2013, MSB-Rochester received the Grand Prize award for the top National Night Out celebration in Rochester, Minnesota. In 2014, the campus was humbled to receive the NNO College and Neighborhood Award.
Amy Doherty, event volunteer and veterinary technology program chair, shared her thoughts on the event. “National Night is such a unique way to get to know your neighbors. When you are a business in a neighborhood, it is even a better way to get to know the people that live here, as well as get to spend some time with the students and staff on a more personal level. It was great to be able to take the pictures this year.”
The spirit of the event is getting to know your neighbors and helping to make our city a safer, better place to live, learn and work. The family fun included inflatable games, crafts, carnival games, music and free food.
According to the City of Rochester website, the National Night Out program, also known as America’s Night Out, is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.
National Night Out began in 1984 to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The goal of this program is to have residents get together in their neighborhoods. While they are at the picnic, they “turn their lights on to turn off crime.” The annual National Night Out is the first Tuesday night in August.
The Rochester campus staff and students were proud to host the second largest NNO party in Rochester and continue the tradition of community involvement.